Ridiculously Easy Apple galette

The easy pie fix - apple galette or apple crostata
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Galettes  are   rustic  pies –  easy to make  virtually fool proof   and    dare  I say it –  tastes  better  than a pie!  This  is the   dish to   go for when you grave pie and are short on time !

The easy pie fix - apple galette or apple crostata

Let  me  be  very clear –  there is  nothing  ridiculous  about this  dessert –  on the  contrary it  is  utterly  delicious !!!!  Yes,   it  indeed  deserves  all FOUR  exclamation points 😊

Galettes or crostatas are essentially rustic pies. You dont need a pie dish for these. These free form pies are shaped and baked on the cookie sheet. These cook up fast can be made with pretty much any fruit you fancy.

There are many reasons  to love galettes. It is

  • Not intimidating like a pie
  • Free form hence very forgiving
  • Less time consuming
  • Turns  out  yum  all the  time.

Now if  you have  pie  goals   for  yourself or your   partner, or  kids  learning  to cook ,   this  is  an excellent  starting  point. Go on ,  grab  that   apron  and   lets  get  baking ..

There are two essentials to any pie – the crust and the filling . The crust has to be strong enough to hold the fillings and be crumbly in the mouth at the same time – a tall order don’t you agree ? The filling on the other hand is fairy easy – as long as it is moist and not watery .

Making pie crust for the easy pie fix - apple galette or apple crostata

Pie crust

I like  to  make  mine  from  scratch , in a  food  processor.   It very easy to make , but you can  use a  store bought  pie  crust  as  well.  No  judgement.

The   reason  I often  make  mine  is  that  it  is one of   the  easiest to make .  The  butter  comes  straight  out  of  the   fridge – if  you have a  frozen  chunk   all the better.  Just  chop it up and  add to the  flour  in the food  processor  bowl.    The  key to  remember is to  keep every thing  cold  and  put in the minimum  effort.

Now  do you see  why  I love  this ?

Just  pulse   the mix  long   enough  for  the   contents  to  resemble   coarse  breadcrumbs – 20  seconds or  less is!   In fact  if  you are  going  to  do this  by hand  the  chances of  butter  softening  are more.   The  tiny bits  of   butter  suspended  in the    dough is what  is  going  to  give us the  crumbly  melt in the  mouth   crust  that is the  hallmark  of  a pie.

Making apple galette or apple crostata

Apples

 Slice  the  apples  thin.    I peel the  apples,  as I find the  skin to  be too waxy.   But  with  softer  skinned  fruits  like peach I will not bother with peeling.   Cut the apples into small pieces no more than 1/2 inch thick.  

You can  arrange  them  in   any way  you want. I like to slice  them into  about  ¼  inch thick  slices and stack into rows. Neatly stacked rows creat stunning effects – trust me you can make it much better than mine.

Looking for more apple recipes ? Give these a try

How to serve

These can be served warm or at room temperature. Slice and serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an delicious blend of flavors and textures. That is how normally like it , but this happened while I was taking pictures …

Yum - the easy pie fix - apple galette or apple crostata

Sometimes , when life beckons , there is no time for ice cream 🙂 . Here is the recipe for apple galette.

Apple Galette
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Galettes or costatas are rustic open faced pies. This here is an easy apple pie to make that cooks up delicious every time.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Syama
Ingredients
Pastry Crust (Notes)
  • 1 ½ C AP Flour
  • ¼ C Sugar
  • ¼ Tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • ¼ C Unsalted Butter
  • 2- 3 Tbsp Cold Water
Filling
  • 3- 4 Apples baking variety
  • 2 Tbsp Ap Flour
  • ¼ C Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp Sparkling sugar optional
To serve
  • Vanilla ice cream
Instructions
Make the crust
  1. In a food processor add flour, sugar salt and chopped cold butter . Pulse a few times until the mix resembles coarse bread crumbs . Tip out to a floured work surface or bowl and add the cold water by teaspoons and mix until the dough just comes together.

    Take a parchment sheet and place the dough on it . Sprinkle a little flour on top and roll out into a circle of about 14 inches in diameter.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 °F (205°C)

Make the Galette
  1. Peel and core the apples. Slice into ¼ inch thick pieces .

    Place in a large bowl. Mix all the remaining ingredients for the filling together and sprinkle over the apples. Toss to coat the slices evenly.

    Arrange the apple slices over the rolled out dough , leaving 1 ½ to 2 inches of border all around.

    Fold the border over the apples.   Make  sure  there  are  not  craccks . Pinch the  cracks  close  if any. 

    Sprinkle some sparkling sugar over the border (optional).

    Transfer to the hot oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the crust browns lightly and the apples are bubbling .

    Coll in pan for 10 minutes . Slice and serve with a generous scoop of Vanilla ice cream.

Recipe Notes
  • You can  use a store  bought  pie  crust  as  well.
  • It  is  very important  that  there are  not  cracks on the  crust.

A few things to make it easy

  • Roll out the pie crust on sheet of a parchment
  • Pick up and plac e the parchment right on top of the cookie sheet.
  • Fill and shape the pie on the cookie sheet.
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